“Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere.”
-President George W. Bush, in his farewell speech to the nation
While in the context of his speech, Bush may have meant this phrase to refer to the deaths of the innocents on September 11th or the countless babies aborted in the name of “family planning” or even the murders of the Kurds by Saddam Hussein’s regime, I found myself imagining the other scenarios where this truth is equally valid.
The war in Gaza. An indictment on both those who use human shields and those who heavily bombard highly populated areas.
The war in Iraq. Again, indicting those who blow themselves apart in a market as well as those who order shocking and awesome bombings in a nation’s capital.
War in general. I’ll kill your people to get my way, and I expect you to do the same. The biggest bomb wins!
Murdering the innocent is wrong. No matter where you stand or whose innocent you’re killing.
Determining right and wrong isn’t a question dependent on scale or end results.